Bud Shultz, local musician and teacher, will appear at the July 5 Gateway Festival Orchestra’s Red, White and Blues program. Known for his appearances with the You Can’t Beat Experience Jazz Band and his services with the Greater Alton Concert Association, Shultz will perform “Body and Soul” with the orchestra on tenor saxophone and return in the second half of the program to perform “Birth of the Blues” on clarinet. Other selections include “Selections From the Musical 1776,” “Red’s White and Blue March” by Red Skelton, premiere of Barbara Harbach’s “Heroes” (from Symphony for Ferguson), “Armed Forces Salute” and “Ashokan Farewell,” narrated by KMOX radio personality Charlie Brennan. There also will be numerous marches and the program will end with soloist Nancy Kranzberg performing “St. Louis Blues.”
This will be the opening concert in a series of Sunday evening concerts presented at the Washington University Quadrangle each July. The Gateway Orchestra is directed by UMSL Orchestra Director James E. Richards. Also appearing on the program as narrator and emcee will be KMOX radio personality Charles Brennan. The concert is free to the public and begins at 7:30 p.m. at the Brookings Quadrangle, 1 Brookings Drive in St. Louis.
Other concerts include:
July 12: Mostly Mozart
July 19: Exceptional Expatriates
July 26: Hidden Hymns and Chants, by Chance?
This marks Shultz’s first solo performance with a St. Louis orchestra. He has played clarinet and sax professionally for more than 65 years and is frequently heard with jazz ensembles in Illinois and Missouri. He teaches clarinet and saxophone at Lewis and Clark Community College in Godfrey and was director of the Alton High School Marching 100 for 10 years. He is a member of the Edwardsville Municipal Band, Lewis and Clark Community College Jazz Band and is a lifetime member of the American Federation of Musicians.
Bud Shultz bio
Emerson (Bud ) Shultz came to the Riverbend 50 years ago to teach in the Alton School District. Always an active musician, he has played with numerous community bands and orchestras, dance bands and jazz ensembles. At present he teaches clarinet and saxophone at Lewis & Clark Community College and performs with the Edwardsville Municipal Band. A graduate of the University of Illinois (BS Music Ed) and Purdue University (MS Ed Admin), he has taught bands and orchestras at elementary, junior high, high school and college levels. Together with Harlan Hock, he formed the first Lewis & Clark College Band. For 10 years he directed the Alton HS “Marching 100.” He frequently is asked to perform “Just A Closer Walk With Thee “and “Amazing Grace” on clarinet at jazz-themed funerals. Bud and his You Can’t Beat Experience Jazz Band are regulars at local programs and have recorded two CDs, “Jazz at the Chapel” and “Sunday Session,” available at Jacoby Arts Center and Picture This and More in Alton. For bookings, Bud may be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org.